LUDOWICI — For most towns of 1,700 souls, a murder case featuring soldiers accused of planning to overthrow the government would be the biggest thing ever. For Ludowici, a town known statewide and even nationally as a highly efficient speed-trap, it’s the latest in a string of sensational crimes, oddities and really big small-town worries.
At the top of the worry list: how Long County will pay for not one but three trials for the accused anarchist soldiers, whose alleged crimes were committed in Long County even though the defendants were stationed in neighboring Liberty County, at Fort Stewart.
Add to that the cost of a completely unrelated murder trial involving a body that turned up in Long County but a defendant who lives in Liberty County.
“Why does everybody come to Long County to kill [someone]?” said Karin “Kadee” Dasher, a German woman who has lived in Ludowici since the mid-1980s.
In Sunday's newspaper, the AJC looks at how one small town is dealing with sensational crimes and big-time worries. It's a story you'll only get by picking up a copy of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution or logging on to the paper’s iPad app. Subscribe today.
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